Rolls-Royce built for Maharaja to become world's most expensive car
London Telegraph; Published: 18 Aug 2009
The famous Rolls-Royce Phantom II 'Star of India' dating 1934
A bespoke, one-of-a-kind Rolls-Royce built in 1934 for the Maharaja of Rajkot in India is set to become the world's most expensive car.|
Part of famed Rolls-Royce collector Hans-Gunther Zach's private collection, the luxury car built for the Maharaja and named the 'Star of India' is expected to fetch up to £8.5 million pounds (about 95 million RMB) at auction.
Previously the crown jewel of Zach's Rolls-Royce museum in Muhlheim in Germany, bids for the Star are being invited until September 15.
When sold the 1934 Phantom II 40/50 HP Continental "All-Weather Convertible" is expected to eclipse the sale of a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testa Rossa that sold at auction in May for £7.2 million.
One of the Star's unique features is extra headlights that track the steering wheel and therefore follow the road This technology was a forerunner of today's 'adaptive-curve lights' found on modern saloon cars such as BMWs and Mercedes.|
The 'Star of India' sale is part of a sell-off of the entire Rolls-Royce museum owned by Hans-Gunther Zach.
Zach is accepting bids on 24 other rare Rolls-Royces and three Bentleys.
Up for grabs is a 1926 Rolls-Royce 40/50 HP Phantom I Open Tourer, built for the Maharaja of Nanpara in India and known as the "Aluminium Sculpture" because of its natural aluminium body and chassis.
Also in the auction is a Phantom II Cabriolet "Hunting Car" built for the India's Maharajah of Rewa.
Designed to hunt India's tigers, the "Hunting Car" has a specially designed gun rack built into the chassis.